Grassland Conservation Program

Young eastern red cedar trees dot a hillside near Silver Creek, Nebraska. The fast-growing trees suck up sunlight and groundwater at the expense of other plant life. NATI HARNIK, Associated Press


Grasslands are susceptible to damage and degradation since native grasses cannot compete with many of the introduced pasture grasses, aggressive weed species, livestock over-grazing, irrigation and forest encroachment.  There is growing consensus that parks and other protected areas do not sufficiently address the growing problems of habitat loss and species sustainability.

CPNRD is dedicated to the cultivation and conservation of the grasslands of our state. We are working to manage rangelands, restore grasslands, build a better understanding of our environment; while providing methods and tools to better care for it as we pursue a goal of vibrant and life-sustaining grasslands in Nebraska. One way to provide these tools is through the Grassland Conservation Program.


The program allows landowners to contribute 50% of what they request as a match or in-kind contribution to better the land.  Up to 50% of reimbursement can be provided as a match or in-kind contribution.  Matching contributions are monetary contributions such as invoices paid for cedar cutting, fencing etc.  In-kind are non-monetary items of contribution toward the project such as labor, mileage, supplies etc.  CPNRD will accept other calculations if they are based on factual cost estimates.  It is required that the landowners complete the Grassland Conservation Grant In-Kind Contribution Form for reimbursement from the CPNRD.

Note: Costs that are claimed as matching may not be reimbursed through other cost-share programs.  For example, if you show the cost of prescribed burning as your match, you cannot be paid to burn by NRCS for that same project, unless the cost to burn exceeds the NRCS cost share.  In that case, you may claim the additional expense as the match on the landowner match form.

Your CPNRD Contacts:  David Carr  |  Kelly Cole



Native Prairie Outreach Project 

In 2008, CPNRD began conducting the Native Prairie Outreach Project at Husker Harvest days, distributing native prairie seed packets and educational materials to approximately 1,500 people annually including approximately 300 packets of seed totaling 11 acres worth of restored prairie are handed out. Visitors to the booth are also given information on native plant propagation and patch-burn grazing systems.  The event is sponsored by CPNRD, other NRDs, with assistance from NARD.